Check out our 2012 Living Planet @ Work Award winners

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By Olivia Fernandez, Living Planet @ Work Officer,  WWF-Canada

When I first started working on Living Planet @ Work, the program had officially launched just four months prior. Being so knew at the time, I didn’t know many workplace sustainability champions, nor about the initiatives they were leading. Championed by HP, the program launched with a 3-year goal of signing up 500 companies across Canada. I was excited both about this target and working on an innovative project that harnessed the passion and leadership of employees to create environmental change.

Now just passed our program’s one-year anniversary, I am proud to say that we have 270 unique company locations and 285 champions among our (growing! ) community along with countless stories to share. We’ve since doubled our goal to 1000 companies by 2014. This is bold, but is a testament to our committed champions and a new business landscape that makes what Living Planet @ Work has to offer, so valuable.

Last evening, I attended WWF’s Annual Public Meeting where I met some of these champions (who I’ve now come to know quite well) and the winners of our inaugural Living Planet @ Work Awards. It was never clearer, that the power of employee grassroots action is helping to reach a tipping point where sustainability becomes embedded into corporate culture. The winners of our Living Planet @ Work awards are exceptional examples who are driving this business sustainability movement forward.

The power of employee grassroots action is helping to reach a tipping point where sustainability becomes embedded into corporate culture.

Meeting these winners in person was an honour and truly helped to bring my journey working on Living Planet @ Work, come full circle.  Below are the recipients of the 2012 Living Planet @ Work Award who were honoured last evening:

Transformational Leader of the Year

  • Champion sustainability efforts in a comprehensive and strategic way
  • Proven success in footprint reduction, employee engagement in WWF campaigns and workplace fundraising in support of the environment
  • Sustainability embedded throughout corporate culture

Green Team of the Year

Ontario Powr Authority’s (OPA) Environmental Committee

  • Effective and motivated team
  • Strong structure that is set up to achieve success
  • Engagement with stakeholders across all levels of the organization to build capacity for sustainability initiatives

Champion of the Year

Tammy McMullen of Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG), Thousand Islands

  • Dedicated, persevering and an unrelenting advocate of the environment
  • Builds support across all levels of the organization
  • Fearless in experimenting with new ideas and organizing activities

Fundraiser of the Year

Sears Canada

  • Raised close to $25,000 for WWF over the past year– through the Sears Employee Charitable Fund, the CN Tower Climb and through workplace fundraising during WWF Campaigns.
  • An example of the impact employees can have in the big picture- the conservation of our one and only planet

HP’s Change the Equation Sustainability Reporting Contest

Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre, championed by Laura Vaughan

  • Wrote the organization’s first sustainability report, with the support of HP, Waterloo students and Living Planet @ Work’s tools
  • The report now forms the basis of a sustainability plan with targets and success indicators, and has become a valuable engagement and marketing tool for the company

Congratulations to our winners and ALL of our Living Planet @ Work program members. Stay tuned for individual profiles on our winners and their achievements, which will be featured on a newly-designed Living Planet @ Work website (launching soon!).

To find more photos of the event, visit our Living Planet @ Work album on Facebook!

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